UNDERSTAND God’s LOVE towards ORPHANS and WIDOWS
June 16 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 68-71
"Sing to God, sing praises to His name; extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name Yah, and rejoice before Him. A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation." (Psalms 68:4-5)
The above passage is a call to praise God for His majesty and His care for the needy. “Yah” is an abbreviated form of Yahweh (Hebrew), the personal name for the covenant God of Israel. The pronunciation of this name was lost in history because the Israelites considered it too sacred to speak it aloud (see Exodus 3:14). David exhorts us that it is now time to sing praises to God and to clear a way for the Lord in the deserts (Isaiah 40:3; 62:10). Our covenant-keeping Jehovah is worthy of our endless praise!
Let us never forget that our God, seated in His majestic seat in the highest heaven, is not withdrawn from His creation. He is a defender of the oppressed and downtrodden (Isaiah 1:17). He should be praised as a God of mercy and tender compassion as He cares deeply for the afflicted and oppressed. He is not limited to clouds and storms; He also meets the needs of the helpless. For all people, He is in His holy habitation, dispensing justice!
Although our God dwells infinitely high in the clouds, yet He is intimately near to the friendless and the dispossessed. Widows and orphans were particularly vulnerable in ancient society and God had commanded Israel to care for them (see Exodus 22:22; Deuteronomy 10:18; Ruth 4:14, 15). As the God of all grace, He provides the warmth and fellowship of a happy home for the lonely, and as for those who have been unjustly condemned to prison, God leads them into prosperity with shouts of joy.
Loneliness comes when we forget about the One who is always with us as He had promised (see Matt. 28:20b; Heb. 13:5b). He knows intimately the pain of separation as He (God the Father) got separated through a distance from His only begotten Son Jesus during His earthly sojourn, and totally separated from His Son when He took upon Himself the sins of the whole world upon the cross at Calvary. God cares for the orphans and widows in their loneliness. He cares for us and will comfort us when we struggle in this life by filling us with a “peace that passes all understanding” (Phil. 4:7).
As the children of this compassionate heavenly Father, how then should we behave? We have to be cognizant of the fact that "whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard" (Prov 21:13). Orphans and widows are close to the heart of God, and we should also reflect the same attitude in our everyday lives as well.